I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 1 Timothy 2:1-2
Tomorrow is National Day of Prayer, a day when all faiths come together to pray for the courage of a nation. Our SHC National Day of Prayer will be one synchronized company-wide effort (although times and events will vary), thanking God for Endless Hope in the wake of terrible storms for the safety of our people, for the Divine Appointment to lead a revolution to change the landscape of long term care, to find strength and ingenuity on the funding “battlefield”, and to fortify our ark of Divine Protection. We pray for our state and national leaders, our brave military, the protection of our nation, a national economic return to vitality, the wellness of our residents, the healing of our stakeholders, the peace of our family members, for the hopes and dreams of all our people and for “one nation under God, indivisible, for liberty and justice for all.”
Love to all.
Dianne Timmering, Vice President of Spirituality
The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual, national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.